Preparing Your Children for the Dentist: For the First Time

Most Vancouver childrens dentists recommend that by the time your child is a year old, they should go in for their first visit, and afterwards every six months. But dental offices are full of scary things: glaring lights, power drills, x-rays, and even more. This type of atmosphere can be unsettling for children, and especially worrying when it’s their first time. Yet even in this type of environment, there are certain things you can do to prepare your children to make sure they feel safe and happy for the entire procedure.

Pick the Right Dentist

You may be incredibly happy with the dentist you go to, and feel as though they would also be the right fit for your child. Yet your dentist’s practice may not necessarily interact with many children. To find the right fit for your child, do some research online of different practices that are will suited for children, and finding a certified pediatric dentist would be the optimal. Once you have found a practice you think you might go with and before you book a dental appointment for your child, ask if you can tour their practice. Observe how the staff interacts with children, and how the children react. Also, take care to see that everyone in the office adheres to basic cleanliness and hygiene.

Going Through the Steps

Once you have picked the best dental practice, talk to your child the day before the appointment to what they may expect, including the dental procedure of cleaning, and what kind of machinery might be a part of it. Also, practice brushing at home, so they can anticipate the dentist doing it as well. Also, prepare the dentist with some information of your child’s oral habits (such as using a pacifier), and if they have any medical conditions or if they take medication.

At the Appointment

When you are at the appointment, ensure that your child and the dentist have a proper greeting, where the dentist tells their name and what will happen during the appointment. Explain to your child that you will be there as well in case something happens that they don’t like, or if they need your support. Next will come some brushing, introducing some of the basic machinery, cleaning of the teeth, and perhaps even fluoride. Some dental offices even have a prize box at the end for your child!

If you remember even some of these tips, your child’s first trip to the dentist will be much more relaxed and maybe they will even enjoy themselves!

Does My Child Need to See a Pediatric Dentist

You may have been going to the same dentist for years and have always had great results and a comfortable experience every time. Yet now it is time for your child to start going to the dentist. Would you take your child to the dentist you go to? Or would you perhaps take them somewhere else? Although not necessary, taking your child to a Burnaby pediatric dentist is one of the best options for numerous reasons.

Specialized Training

A pediatric dentist has more training that your average dentist, which will include more time spent in education to learn how to care for babies, children, and teenagers. This extra knowledge means that the dentist knows how to comfort children, especially if the are nervous about the dental procedure.


As a pediatric dentist will often see children all day long, they will have the professional experience of countless cases, and will be familiar with an extensive range of different oral problems, as well as behavioural differences with different children and how to respond to them. This type of experience should be reassuring to you as a parent, that the dentist can handle any situation they face.

Encouraging Preventive Care

In the early years of your child caring for their own teeth and gums, they will often make mistakes that can lead to problems later, such as cavities. A pediatric dentist knows how to communicate preventive care information effectively to children. This may include talking about eating and drinking habits, as well as basic teeth cleaning and care. A pediatric dentist will also monitor the oral facial growth of your child as the years go by, and during this development will be able to spot any little problems (or things to be cautious of) before they become bigger, more expensive problems.

There for You

As pediatric dentists have a breadth of knowledge concerning the oral health of children, they are available for you to ask any question that you may have. Comparing them to a general dentist, a general dentist would not have the specialized knowledge you might be looking for. Thus, you can use the knowledge of a pediatric dentist to your advantage. For example, if your child needs to get braces, but you’re unsure of what would be the best option, rest assured that a pediatric dentist is continually going through new training and receiving new information, and that they would be able to help you make an informed decision.

Reasons to Stop Giving Children Soda

Soda is such a common drink and can be found just about anywhere. Not only that, but it’s often cheaper than drinks like pure fruit juice. Yet the truth is that soda is not good for overall health, according to childrens dentists in Surrey and especially a poor choice for children. If you still need some convincing, then look no further, for we’ll discuss some reasons why.

Poor Nutrition

Soda often has no nutritional content, and is high in calories and sugar. Studies have found that there’s a strong link between high consumption of soda and childhood obesity. Children that drink high amounts will also have their appetite suppressed by the high caloric content, and will then eat fewer foods that are nutritious. You may ask, what about diet sodas? Wouldn’t they help to solve these problems caused by soda being high in calories? You may think so, but diet sodas also are detrimental. Most diet sodas contain something called aspartame, which is a brain toxin. Therefore, try to avoid all types of soda, regular and diet.

Decreased Bone Health

A common ingredient in soda is phosphorus, which can deplete bones of calcium, a necessary nutrient to support bone growth. Studies have been done with young girls that have linked increased consumption of soda to being more prone to having broken bones. So in order for your children to grow up strong and healthy, keep the soda away.

Tooth Decay

We know that sugar is bad for your body, but it also bad for your teeth. Sugar contributes to cavities and overall tooth decay. Not only that, but the acids in soda can also harm your teeth. Acids will wear away at the tooth enamel, and some children even experience a total loss of enamel if they habitually drink soda. To protect your children’s teeth, keep soda out of their way.


For adults, a moderate amount of caffeine can be a nice boost in the morning. Yet for children it can be harmful. Not only does the caffeine in soda increase hyperactivity in children, but children can develop a physical dependency on it which disrupts the neurochemistry in their developing brains. Caffeine also stimulates the adrenal gland without giving it proper nourishment, which can then lead to adrenal fatigue in children. If a time comes when you do give your children soda and you want to decide which one would be preferable, choose one that isn’t caffeinated.

This post was written by the fine dentists at SmileTown Dentistry North Delta.